Pre-registration and $35 fee required; includes full breakfast and airport transportation.
Join us for a full breakfast and a discussion with Western authors at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a 24-acre urban oasis with nearly 50 curated gardens, a tropical conservatory, education programs and art exhibitions. The Gardens' horticulturalists and scientists work on local and global research projects related to plant and water conservation, climate change and biodiversity. Following the breakfast program, attendees can explore the Gardens and learn about various scientific research projects.
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:30-11:00 a.m. Blood, Sweat and Books (Okay, Probably Some Tears Too)
The Rocky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for a discussion by authors who bring a sense of adventure and exploration to their books on critical environmental topics. Whether reporting on Western water issues from a pack raft, researching conservation at the Earth’s poles, exploring the world’s hotspots of air pollution, dumpster diving for aluminum cans or even jumping into fiction, these authors value seeing things for themselves.
Moderator: Michael Kodas, Freelance Reporter, Photojournalist, Educator and Author, “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame” and “High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed”
Joel Berger, Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation, Department of FWC Biology, Colorado State University; Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society; and Author, “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” and “The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World”
Beth Gardiner, Journalist and Author, “Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution"
Heather Hansman, Freelance Writer, Editor, Raft Guide and Author, "Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West"
Laura Pritchett, Author, "The Blue Hour" and "Stars Go Blue" and several other books
11:00 a.m.-Noon Garden Tours
Following the authors' program, two Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturalists will lead tours and discussions about the institution's longtime global research projects and the unique Steppe Garden. There will be two tours capped at 20 people each, so act fast and sign up on-site upon arrival at the Garden. Otherwise, the Gardens will be open to exploration until buses leave promptly at noon for the airport and hotels.
Departure: One bus will stage at each conference hotel — Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins Marriott and the Candlewood Suites — beginning about 7:30 a.m. for departure promptly at 8:00 a.m. Attendees not staying at one of these hotels who have preregistered for the Sunday program can board at any one of these hotels.
These buses will then become the airport buses that depart the Gardens at noon for arrival at Denver International Airport no later than 1:00 p.m. All buses will then return to Fort Collins hotels.
Noon: Conference ends and shuttles take attendees back to Fort Collins or to Denver International Airport, with airport arrival no later than 1:00 p.m.
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